Florida Department of Health in Pasco County
Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative
The number one public health threat to Florida's future is unhealthy weight.
Currently, only 36 percent of Floridians are at healthy weight. In Pasco County, 66% of adults and 27.4% of middle and high school students are overweight or obese, per Florida Health Charts.
On our current trend, by 2030, almost 60 percent will be obese. Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity is expected to contribute to millions of cases of preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, costing an estimated $34 billion. To address this important public health issue, the Department of Health launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative in January 2013.
Move More at Pasco Parks!
Move More is an initiative to encourage residents to utilize the amenities that are available throughout Pasco County to help them get out of the house and move. There is evidence that physical activity can help you:
- Reduce your risk of heart disease
- Reduce your risk of stroke
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones, muscles, and joints
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Condition heart and lungs
- Relieve stress
- Decrease potential of depression
- Improve energy and self-esteem
- Maintain your weight over time
- Improve sleep
- Increase your chances of living longer
Although physical activity has an abundance of positive qualities, less than 25% of adults in Pasco County do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Leaving 66.4% of adults overweight or obese.
This is due to many reasons like lack of time, money, resources, desire, fear, and information. Move more is striving to eliminate some barriers by sharing different ways that people can be physically active with tips, resources, and promotions that encourage more movement with small steps. Small steps include going for group walks with your family, friends, or a pet; walking to the store instead of driving; or parking further away from the door. Anything that makes you use energy is a good start.
Pasco Park Walks
Pasco County Animals Services (PCAS) and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting Pasco Park Walks one day each month. The goal of these park walks is to invite the community to meet the adoptable pets of PCAS and to encourage residents to exercise and bond with their pets. It also offers an opportunity to see several of Pasco County's beautiful parks through trails created by Parks and Recreation's staff.
For more information, including the schedule and meeting locations, go to PCAS Park Walks on the Pasco County website.
 Physical Activity and Health. Centers for Disease Control. Retrieved October 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/
 Importance of Physical Activity. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved October 2017. https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/importance-of-physical-activity/index.html
 Healthiest Weight Profile for Pasco 2014. Florida Health Charts. Data retrieved October 2017 http://www.flhealthcharts.com/ChartsReports/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=ChartsProfiles.HealthiestWeightCountyProfile
Let's Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program whose goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to 18 through policy and environmental change. All tools for parents use 5-2-1-0 to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.